“As an active member of Enactus, what sets you apart today?” asked Lori Sullivan, Senior University Specialist for ADP at the Enactus Leadership Conference. The speaker shared with students and colleagues her insights about becoming an entrepreneur at heart. The questions Lori asked stirred and challenged my thoughts. Her inspiring speech made me reevaluate the true purpose of what it really means to be an Enactus student. The passion and inspiration a student demonstrates through given opportunities are valuable. Energy, enthusiasm and commitment drive students to pursue success. After Lori’s speech, I came to realize that an entrepreneur at heart is one who overcomes challenges with determination, effort, and discipline. JBU students involved in Enactus have such potential to become entrepreneurs at heart.
Lori Sullivan also challenged students to ask themselves when have been those times you have failed and how have you recovered. Suddenly I asked myself the question and discovered I fail most of the time on a daily basis. I fail when I do not give my best and persevere to accomplish my goals. My self-denial of my weaknesses and mistakes is also part of my failure. It takes time to learn not to fall but it takes courage to recover and keep looking for opportunities to grow. Often times I fail when I do not get out of my comfort zone to explore and discover new ideas and opportunities. My biggest failure is looking back to my mistakes and stopping myself from thinking creatively to find an alternative solution. Personally, I believe failure is also part of our success.
Certainly, these questions challenge me to give my best in everything I do. They empower me to become aware of my surroundings and look for those opportunities that will help me grow. A third point from Lori Sullivan’s speech was the importance of constantly seeking inspiration. An important contributing factor is surrounding yourself with people that will challenge you to give your best because eventually they want to see you accomplishing your goals. In addition, I also was encouraged to nurture those close relationships with whom I have grown as a person; people I can call friends.
My commitment to Enactus today will have major influence in my career. Once I graduate from college my experience at Enactus will not be over, but rather remain forever.
Are you willing to take courage and let Enactus shape your life to empower and impact others?
By Daniela Reyes